Shilpla posted the following comment at F1 Visa Rejected due to 214(b) – They were unfair.
Her tips were really good and informative. It is worth bumping up her comment on F1 Visa interview tips to a blog post.
I attended my F1-Visa interview on 13th July. I can jot down few important points you can follow.
- Wish them with a smile once your turn comes
- Remember 1st impression is the best impression.
- Always answer to the point
- Be very polite and respectful to the VO
- Even when you stand in the queue they do observe your body language, be confident, calm and cool.
- Be loud enough while speaking, this shows you are confident.
- Listen properly what the VO says before answering him/her
- People always have a tendency to get negative thoughts about your honesty if you are nervous. Atleast don’t show the nervousness in your voice and face when you stand in front of the VO. And VOs are specially trained with human psychological behaviors , they can make out very quickly.
- Neatly arrange all your documents
- Though you feel nervous, look & sound confident in your voice and body language.
- You should have the proof for each and everything you present the VO. For eg: Having 6 yrs of experience I had got a waiver for both GRE & TOEFL, hence I have not written those exams. When the VO asked me why is this waiver specially for you? I presented her the email print out I had taken for the waiver which I received from the University grad admission dept & the Director of the MS SE dept of San Jose State University and explained that same.
- Its good if you have written proof of communication with your university professors regarding the courses, university facilities etc so that you can present the VO with better proofs.
- Ultimately it is how you present yourself in just few minutes matters whether you get your visa or not. Luck apart, but you can try your level best.
- I think you should not lose your heart, but try again with better preparation and document proofs.
- Remember each visa interview will be a fresh one, they might not ask you the same questions, hence be prepared the worst.